5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
November 7 , 2018

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Bootsie Wynn's mother
  • Daniel Rivers
  • Don Harrison
  • Jan Johnson
  • Jerry Kirkland
  • Joe Hall's mother
  • Leila Balliet's brother
  • Lois Ann Tuell's granddaughter
  • Lydia Ropp's son
  • Steve Roberts' brother
  • Vicki Roberts' brother-in-law
  • Victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael
  • Windy Hammond's sister
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Auddie Brown
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Bill McCarter
  • Bill Schwartz
  • Carol Gose's nephew
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Donnelle Glatz's mother
  • Emily Fraser
  • Edie Athey's son
  • Jody Sullivan's husband
  • John Burbage
  • Jon Myers
  • Joyce Murphy's mother
  • Jule Bland
  • Kay Luthren's mother
  • Leslie Clark's father
  • Lydia Ropp
  • Marshall Edens
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Nickie Nickles' father
  • Pansy Floyd's sister
  • Rhonda Russell
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Stephanie Jones-Fitts
  • Sunny Jewell's father
  • Tillman Kyzer
  • Tim Kehoe's sister
  • Tristan Groscost
  • Trudi Greene
  • Wanda McCarthy
 (Combat Zones) 
  • Trevor Beattie (Qatar)
 (Non-Combat Zones) 
  • Chad Nabors
  • Ray Hammond's nephew
  • Adam Gilmore
  • B. J. Manis
  • Bob Rabon
  • Brian Bishop
  • Jamie Glatz 
  • John"Tripp" Bartlett
  • Ken Culbertson 
  • Michael Smoak
  • Ram Matthews
  • Robert Holder
  • Ron Culbertson
  • Sean Spence 
  • Steven Shealy 
  • Sumner Thomas
  • William Moore 
  • Wyatt Hughes
Please call the church office to make updates to our prayer list!  To see a complete list of prayer request policies, please refer to our  Prayer webpage.
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Dear Saxe Gotha Family,
It truly is exciting to be part of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church!  Have you seen the smiles on the faces of those who returned from the Belize Mission Trip?  Did you see the hundreds of children and dozens of families at our Fall Festival?  Have you taken part in one of our vibrant worship services?
These amazing displays of God's work through Saxe Gotha were made possible by His continued blessings, our wonderful members and staff, and your faithful dedication to continued tithes and offerings.  Your ongoing commitments enable Saxe Gotha to help more and more people experience a life-changing relationship with Him. 
As the end of 2018 swiftly approaches, I wish to point out some important 2018 giving deadlines before time passes us by:
  • Stock Gifts - must be received on or before December 14 to be included on your 2018 giving statements
  • Online Gifts - must be received by December 31st at 11:59 pm
  • Mailed Checks - must be dated and postmarked on or before December 31
  • Hand Delivered Checks - must be dated on or before December 31 and brought to the office no later than January 2 at 5:00 pm
  • The Church Office will be CLOSED December 31 and January 1. 
There are also many opportunities for you to support various ministries of Saxe Gotha:
  • Operation Christmas Child Packing Party is November 11 at 6:00 pm (and we are still collecting items).
  • Love-A-Family trees are around our campus and your family can adopt a family in our community for which to provide Christmas gifts.
  • Operation Turkey is looking for volunteers to help prepare, cook, and deliver meals.
  • United Heroes is collecting items to be sent to service members around our community.
Thank you again for your kind gifts and generous spirit in supporting the work of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church. Lives, families and communities are changed through your unmatched willingness to give and honor God.
Alisha Hudson
Prayer Focus for November: Stewardship and finances. 

Christian Love and Sympathy is extended to Edie Athey on the death of her husband Gary and Paul Athey on the death of his father, Larry Timbes on the death of his sister, Elaine Swain on the death of her mother and Tripp Garick on the death of her husband.

Upcoming Baptisms:
"Graham" Philip Sturgis, son of John and Elizabeth Sturgis (Born: 5-7-18) will receive the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, November 11 at the 11:00 am Traditional service by Rev. Helen Harrison Coker.
John "Harry" Harrison Hunsinger, son of Joshua and Maggie Hunsinger (Born: 7-25-18) will receive the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, November 18 at the 11:00 am Traditional service by Pastor Helen Harrison Coker.

Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to  www.saxegotha.org/media .
Wednesday Night Dinner at 5:30 and Classes at 6:30:
Menu (Nov. 7): Baked chicken, mashed red potatoes, green salad, rolls and dessert.  
Menu (Nov. 14): Lasagna, bread and salad.
Cost:  Adults $5, Kids 3-11 $3, Family Max of $20.  Make reservations by completing the tear-off form on the bulletin or call the church office 359-7770 by noon on Monday. 

Online Dinner Reservations:
Operation Christmas Child Packing Party: 
The packing party will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018 with dinner from 5:00-5:45 in the gym and the shoe box  packing will be from 6:00-7:30 pm.
The guest speaker for the evening will be our very own, Gina Parades.  To see her testimony, please click here.  

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party is coming soon and we need your help filling over 500 boxes in less than an hour. 

We are asking for donations of the following items:
  • 250 packs of crayons (24 per pack)
  • 800 filler toy items: ex. slinky, flashlights, small calculator, play bracelets, toy cars/trucks/boats, happy meal toys, yo-yo, harmonica, collapsible water bottle, watches.
Please place donations in the blue bin in the main office area or give directly to a Next Gen Staff member. We also would like to challenge each family to not only come to the packing party but to pack your own personal shoe box as a family. Each shoe box spreads the gospel of Jesus Christ to a child and each and every box packed and sent is another child that will hear of God's amazing love for them. Don't just depend on the packing party this year, have fun AND make a difference with your family by packing your own shoe box today! Contact Lori Lowman with questions: llowman@saxegotha.org.  

Sign-up to Eat Dinner before Packing:
Saxe Gotha's 24th Operation Turkey:
Nov. 21 from (3:30 - 8:30 pm) and Nov. 22 from (10:00 am - 1:00 pm).

You Can Serve Others By: 
  • Donate money to purchase foods
  • Cook/Slice Turkeys and deliver to church by Wed. at 6:00 pm
  • Help with Food Preparation and Kitchen Duties on Wed. afternoon (3:00 - 8:30 pm) or Thurs. morning (8:30 - 10:00 am) for plate preparation and from (10:00 am on) to assist with clean-up
  • Deliver meals to the needy on Thanksgiving morning (10:00 am - 1:00 pm)
To Volunteer, email Mary McIlwain Fuller at:  scmcilwains@gmail.com.

To donate online, please  click here .
Decorating the Sanctuary for Christmas: 
Please join our decorating team to get the Sanctuary ready for the holidays on Sunday, November 25 at 4:30 pm. 
Poinsettia Sales:  These beautiful poinsettias will decorate the sanctuary during the Christmas season.  This year all sales will be via the envelope inserted in the bulletins on the following Sundays: Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11. Poinsettias are $15.  Checks should be made payable to: Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Women and note "poinsettia" in the memo line.  Please contact Sandy Walker with questions: swalksan@aol.com.  
Love-A-Family: Spread Christmas love by purchasing gifts for a local person or family in need. The trees will be up in the Narthex and the Light House on Sunday, Nov. 11.  The last day to bring the gifts to church is Sunday, Dec. 2.  Gifts should be wrapped with the back copy (green flower) securely attached.  Please fill out your contact info on the top copy (red flower) and leave that in the small bag near the tree.  You can leave the gifts under the tree or in the reception area of the office.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Seymour at 920-7385 or  4kathys@gmail.com.
College Exam Boxes:
Saxe Gotha youth will be packing and sending exam care packages to our college students again this year.  We will also send packages to those in this age group that are serving in the military.  Please email Mary Knobeloch: mknobeloch@saxegotha.org with your student's name and mailing address. Please also include their email address.  We will need this information Sunday, November 18.   We will plan to mail packages during the week following Thanksgiving.
Our youth are collecting the following items for these boxes: Individually wrapped packages of microwave popcorn, hot chocolate, granola bars, crackers, hard candy and chap stick.  If you are interested in donating any of these items, please drop them off in the main office area.
Blessed Be The Ties that Bind:  Holiday Bow Making and Cookie Swap (Sunday, November 18 at 4:00 pm  in the  Fellowship Hall)
The Women in Ministry Council invites all women of SGPC to come and enjoy fellowship with one another, learn or perfect the skill of bow making and serve SGPC as we make bows for Christmas décor at SGPC or for your own personal Christmas decorating.
Our Decorating Committee will supply the ribbon necessary for the garland and wreaths used to decorate our church, and we encourage you to bring whatever ribbon you might like to use for your own decorating, if you wish. We will have a limited number of scissors to share, so if you have a pair or two, please bring those as well.  
We also invite you to bring 2 dozen of your favorite cookies to swap and share (along with the recipe if you would like) as we celebrate the ties that bind us together as Christian women serving our church, our families and each other.
If you have been blessed with the skill of bow making and are willing to share that skill with others, we would love for you to participate as an instructor at the event. Please contact Michelle Smoak: 803-606-6967.
Join us for a fun day of celebrating our Next Gen Family here at Next Generation Christmas Parade 2015 Saxe Gotha. This fun day begins on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 9:45 -10:30 am in the gym for the Children's Christmas Celebration with the SNL preschool choirs performing. We ask that all parents bring a breakfast item to share, drinks will be provided.
In the afternoon, we are asking our entire church family to walk with us in the Next Gen sponsored float in the Lexington Snowball Parade. The parade begins at 3:30 pm, so plan to meet around 2:45 pm to line up...more details to follow! If you have leftover Halloween candy (please make sure it isn't Halloween wrapped) we will gladly take it to hand out in the parade, just give that to Lori Lowman!
Immediately following the parade, join us back at the Lighthouse for a chili dinner with all the fixings and some neat family activities. This is a drop in but reservations are requested:
See Lori Lowman or Justin Hall for more details or any information on this fun day!
United Heroes Christmas Drive: We will be collecting items to send to our church members who are currently serving in the military and for the local USO. Donations needed by Nov. 13. Needs list: Individually wrapped snacks (no homemade items), energy bars, beef jerky, microwaveable popcorn, hard candy, travel-size toiletries (razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, sunscreen), individually packaged disposable wipes, chapstick, gum, cards and letters. Place in marked blue United Heroes bins in the Narthex, Welcome Center, LH Atrium and reception area. If you have any questions please contact Patty Holder: kirkholder@mindspring.com .
Senior Adult Dinner & LCCS Concert:  Friday, November 30 at 5:30 pm in  Room 151 followed by the LCCS Concert at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary. 
Dinner $8/Concert $12 to be paid separately.  Reservations required by Tuesday, November 27.  Contact Pansy Floyd at 359-7770, ext. 11 or pfloyd@saxegotha.org.
Youth Ski Trip: Dec. 27-29, Winterplace, WV.   Early bird  registration is Nov. 1 - 14 ($200).  Regular registration is Nov. 15-22 ($225).  $75 deposit required.  Click here to register online.

Lexington One Backpack Program: Saxe Gotha partners with Lexington School District One to support the Backpack Program. Items Needed for Backpacks: juice boxes, cereal/granola bars, snack crackers, single serving cereal boxes/bowls, raisins, peanut butter, fruit cups/pouches (please no applesauce cups), pudding cups, oatmeal packets. If you or your small group is interested in donating food or packing bags to assist with this effort, please contact Holly Waldrip:  waldrip@sc.rr.com . Also, you can place donations in the blue bin in the church main office. Thank you for your help! 
Temporary Location Change for Nailbenders :
Meet at 8:00 a.m. (Second Saturday of the month) at the Lexington IHOP (while the Chick-fil-A at 5560 Sunset Blvd. is under construction) then leave from there to assist individuals in need.  Everyone is welcome to help! Contact Keith Hall with questions: 
Nailbenders.sg@gmail.com .
Senior Adult Luncheon:  Thursday, November 15 (11:30 am - 1:30 pm, MB RM 151 (near kitchen).  Entertainment provided by Suzette Hawkins - Storyteller.  You do not want to miss this!!  $7 per person (payable at the door). Lunch will be catered.  Reservations required by November 13.  Please call Pansy at 359-7770, ext. 11 or Carol Harden at 217-652-2768.
Church Directory Pictures This Fall! 
Saxe Gotha is working with LifeTouch to create a Member Directory this fall.  Every member will receive access to an updated online and mobile directory.  You will receive a free 8 x 10 photo of your family  and a print directory for participating in the photo session.  Please take the time to get your photograph made - we would like all members to be included! 

The photography sessions will be in LH Rooms 141-142 on the following dates:

November Dates: 
(Just a few appointments remaining, please book today!)

Wed.             11-28-18                 2-9pm (currently full)
Thurs.           11-29-18                 2-9pm

To book an appointment for your Saxe Gotha Directory photography session:
https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/ydh61cv6/ .

Volunteers Needed: If you are able to help, we need volunteers to assist the LifeTouch photographers to sign-in families and help them get ready for their photography session.

Contact Renee Starnes with questions: rstarnes@saxegotha.org or 359-7770 ext. 37.      
Memory Café (November 29) Last Thursday of the month, 10:30-11:30 am in the Light House Atrium) provides a gathering place for friends with Alzheimer's (or other dementias), along with their caregivers and families, to relax and enjoy socialization, refreshments, discussion and Christ-centered encouragement. Contact Jennifer Dever: jdever@saxegotha.org   or 359-7770 ext. 63 if you are interested in volunteering or attending.
Drive Thru Prayer:  (November 20, 3rd Tuesday of the month) 7 :00-8:00 am, SGPC  Parking Lot.  Join together as we love and support community members in need of prayer. We will need prayer warriors, enthusiastic sign holders and traffic directors. In October, 17 cars stopped in. Be looking for articles about Drive Thru prayer in the Lexington Life magazine. To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email  missions@saxegotha.org .
Renewal:  Scripture Memorization
Don't forget to join the Scripture memory challenge, Renewal!  It's not too late to begin. For more details and to stay up to date, check out the Renewal Facebook page.  All you need to do on the 1st and 15th of the month is post your name, city, state and scripture.  Let's join together and fill our hearts with scripture! 
Amazon SmileDid you know that when shopping Amazon they will make a donation to Saxe Gotha that will go towards Debt Free in Three, with no additional cost to you? The only requirement is to  go through  smile.amazon.com   instead of Amazon.com and choose Saxe Gotha as your charity of choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service, but with each purchase you help reduce the debt.
Tips for Giving By Text:  
Saxe Gotha's Text Giving #: 803-302-3499
  • If you text a monetary value, the funds are attributed to the church's default fund.
  • If you text a monetary value + a fund name, the funds will be attributed to that fund name.
  • You can also text the following: "Funds" (will  give you a list of fund names), "Help" (to get assistance with gifting via text), or  "Reset" (will remove saved credit card information).
F.I.S.H Teams:   11/11: Team 2, 11/18: Team 3, 11/25: Team 4.

Debt Free in Three
  Year 1 - Ended
July 31, 2017: $504,811
Year 2 - Ended
July 31, 2018: $371,954

Year 3 - Ending
July 31, 2019
(Raised as of Oct. 28, 2018)  
To give to the Debt Free in Three Campaign or General Budget, 
Hebrews 12:1 "Let us strip off every weight that slows us down ... and run with endurance the race."